Yes, we can term-limit the Congress.
I’m not saying it will be easy. It won’t be easy. Doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.
That’s why I applaud U.S. Senator Jim DeMint for introducing a constitutional amendment to term limit Congress. Three two-year terms maximum for House members, two six-year terms for senators. Says DeMint, “term limits are not enough, of course. . . . But term limits are a good start. Because if we really want reform, we all know it’s not enough just to change the congressmen — we have to change Congress itself.”
DeMint knows that most congressmen are not eager to restrict their own power. But he’s not giving up.
Should he? In his Best of the Web e-letter, James Taranto asks whether DeMint’s proposed amendment will “include a provision stipulating that any senator who reaches the limit automatically becomes president? Because that’s the only way that two thirds of them would ever vote for it.”
Maybe, James. It is easy to be negative about the prospects for implementing major political reforms. One will be right most of the time. But I say it’s better to be an optimistic warrior pushing for the hard-to-accomplish but important-to-accomplish reform. Someday we’ll find the tipping point; someday we’ll see our “representatives” realize they have no choice but to accept term limits.
DeMint’s amendment moves us closer to that day.
This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.